MLF Dog Sports

MLF Dog Sports We are an exclusive organization that is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in dog sports.
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We offer competitive obedience, agility and herding to handler/dog teams that wish to participate in our programs. The directors of the programs are all well respected and accomplished in their fields, having achieved the highest degrees of excellence in their chosen dog sport. We have been brought together by our common love of dogs and our desire to train and show our dogs together.

The premiums for the AKC Fetch tests to be held on April 7th and May 5th are on the website:  www.bordercollieclubaz.com...
03/26/2024

The premiums for the AKC Fetch tests to be held on April 7th and May 5th are on the website: www.bordercollieclubaz.com
We have had great turn outs for our first two tests with lots of happy handlers and dogs! We are looking forward to seeing our first Advanced and Retriever titled dogs at the upcoming tests. Plus, there is still time to earn a Novice or Intermediate title. Hope to see you on April 7th and May 5th at Iron Spoon Ranch, Laveen, AZ.
If you have missed the great photos of these events, check out Linda's photos at www.lindatunickphotography.com in the BCCAZ category.

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Are you ready to earn your first AKC Fetch title?  Or a title at the Intermediate level?  This Sunday, March 10, BCCAZ w...
03/06/2024

Are you ready to earn your first AKC Fetch title? Or a title at the Intermediate level? This Sunday, March 10, BCCAZ will hold our second Fetch test. Check out the website for the premium with more information: www.bordercollieclubaz.com on the Calendar/Events page. Lots of fun and happy smiles!

It was a very busy week at MLF Dog Sports with great handlers training their super dogs!There were 10 AKC S.T.A.R. puppi...
02/24/2024

It was a very busy week at MLF Dog Sports with great handlers training their super dogs!
There were 10 AKC S.T.A.R. puppies, 24 AKC Canine Good Citizens (CGC), and 15 AKC Community Canines (CGCA) certificates/titles awarded during the classes this week.
A new session begins on February 26th. A well trained dog is so much fun to live with and enjoy!! www.mlfdogsports.com

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07/17/2023

Stress for dogs often comes from the teacher, not the task.
If your dog is telling you he’s uncomfortable, it’s important to recognize it and make the necessary adjustments.
Stress often manifests in avoidance of some kind or lack of enjoyment and in either case, your dog is telling you something is not right or he’s not ready for the next step.
Sometimes handlers associate this with the task, ‘my dog doesn’t like X” (ie driving, turbacks, shedding), when actually it’s the way it’s been taught that is the problem.

The issue may include your set up, the pressure from the sheep, your foundation training, his confidence (in himself or you) and/or your mindset.
For example, if you approach a new concept by making it difficult (even inadvertently),
have a set up that doesn’t ensure success, have expectations of how quickly your dog should learn, how proficient he should be or if you try to force behavior, it could be that you are creating the stress that your dog then associates with a specific task.

Just like people dogs can get bored when you do the same thing too often, frustrated when it’s too arduous or disheartened when too often being told ‘you’re wrong’.
He is constantly giving feedback with his body language and demeanor; if he’s not enjoying what he’s doing or showing signs of avoidance he may be telling you he needs you to change your approach.

Empowering your dog to reach his full potential includes practicing patience and having a teaching mindset. The cornerstone of a teaching mindset is an intuitive method. Intuitive training results in more understanding and less correction. More understanding and less correction yields higher confidence and increased confidence fosters enjoyment.
Once your dog is enjoying and anticipating what you’re training, try the next step and make adjustments based on his feedback. Your continuous effort to adjust to your dogs response will help him become the best sheepdog he can be—you can just train or you can partner.
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Regretfully we are canceling classes tonight (Monday, 1/16) at MLF Dog Sports because of the rain!  The weather is only ...
01/16/2023

Regretfully we are canceling classes tonight (Monday, 1/16) at MLF Dog Sports because of the rain! The weather is only appealing to the froggy! Our Monday classes will resume next week.

11/21/2022

What Really Matters

I do it, too. Get caught up in the title hunt. The goals for letters that mean nothing to the dog, but instead are some quest I set my sights on to get me to class and trials every week. They make me feel like I’m doing something with my life, even if it doesn’t really benefit humanity much. It fills the time, it gives me purpose. But what really matters, is the bond it builds with my dog and the lessons and unwritten triumphs that come with it. My husband stopped wondering why I spent so much time and money on it when one morning after I got up at O’dark hundred (and I am NOT a morning person) to go to a trial, I announced, “I’m going to make memories today.” He understood then. It’s not about the titles. It’s about spending time with my dog and the people in the dog community.

While we’re impressed with the crazy-fast, edge-of-your-seat runs with some teams and those who’ve racked up championship titles, maybe we ought to take a step back and look at, well, most of us who are there achieving things you can’t see on paper. Those who gather the courage to step to the line for the first time. Who put their embarrassing moments behind them and then do it again. Those who struggle to cope with their dog’s stresses and their own anxieties, yet come to understand and accept them and get back out there again anyway. Those who, little by little, find ways to improve. To celebrate the first time their dog completes a course, or allows a rear cross, or pays no attention to the judge. Or even the first time they didn’t get lost on the course.

What really, truly matters aren’t the letters or a piece of parchment paper. It’s the memories we make.

Love the dog you have. They make your life better just by being in it.

ASCA Nationals!!  Congratulations to Brittany and Tucker on their first trip to ASCA Nationals.  Competing in the Elite ...
11/04/2022

ASCA Nationals!! Congratulations to Brittany and Tucker on their first trip to ASCA Nationals. Competing in the Elite Class they were very successful earning 1 Pre Trial Gamblers Q, 1 Nationals Regular Q with a 1st place, 2 Nationals Gamblers Qs with 1st and 3rd places, and 1 Nationals Jumpers Q. Super job Brittany and Tucker!

11/03/2022

Did you know that ALL BARKING is caused by one of three possible things?!
1️⃣ Overarousal (excitement)
2️⃣ Fear
3️⃣ Frustration

Barking is not somewhere we want our dogs to spend a lot of time. It’s not a place of calmness, nor is it usually a place of happiness. Barking can upset your day, it can upset your family or your neighbour’s day and it can definitely upset your dog’s day, so we have some terrific top tips to manage and minimise your dog’s barking struggles!

✔️ GROW CALMNESS. Put time, food and energy into capturing and reinforcing calm behaviour every day. Employ your dog with long lasting chews, Kongs, lickmats and scatter feeding to promote calmness. Make sure your dog has time every day to actively rest away from the busyness of daily life (use crates, pens or dog-safe rooms to remove choices and encourage rest).

✔️ BE VIGILANT. Dogs will become more of what they do every day. If you can be vigilant in managing your dog’s barking it will go a long way to successfully achieving that real-life result you are looking for. Tackle any barking as soon as you see it (or hear it) and redirect your dog into another activity to bring their arousal down and encourage calmness.

✔️ CATCH THEM DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. Rather than becoming frustrated in the moment at your dog’s barking, make an effort to catch them doing something right. Pick small moments throughout every day where you can say to your dog “Nice work! That was super hard for you, but you made such a great decision not to bark!”. Make an effort to look out for these amazing choices your dog is making and reward them for it!

Want to know more? Join us for a mini deep dive in our Barking Dogs podcast to learn more!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/761645/4623464-barking-dogs-noisy-but-nice

10/19/2022

This is why we train our dogs with activities such as Meet and Greet!!

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